HARTFORD — Dov Grumet-Morris made 31 saves for the Hartford Wolf Pack as they scored three first-period goals and held on for a 4-2 win over the Portland Pirates in the first game of a home-and-home Saturday night.
Danny Syvret opened the scoring for the Wolf Pack 6:40 into the game. The Wolf Pack (23-26-0-6) added to their lead just over three minutes later on Powe’s goal.
Dylan McIlrath extended the lead to 3-0 with 5:59 left in the opening period.
The Pirates (20-26-2-7) got some momentum back when Jordan Martinook scored with just 9 seconds left in the opening period, assisted by Brett Hextall and Rostislav Klesla.
That momentum didn’t carry over into the second period for the Pirates, as they were held scoreless despite outshooting Hartford 14-5.
Portland cut the deficit to 3-2 early in the third period on Andy Miele’s power-play goal that was assisted by Daine Todd and Brandon Gormley.
But Hartford put the game out of reach with 48 seconds left on Arron Asham’s empty netter.
Louis Domingue started in net for the Pirates and was pulled after giving up three goals on seven shots in 14 minutes.
Mark Visentin relieved Domingue and stopped all 16 shots he faced in 44 minutes.
The Pirates and Wolf Pack will complete the home-and-home series at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.